Principal suggested to parents that student's suicide be explained as accident
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Sep 18
The principal of a high school here told the parents of a student who killed himself that he wanted to refer to the death as an accident when explaining it to the rest of the students, it has been learned.
According to the school and the parents, on Sept. 3, the day after the student killed himself, the principal visited the parents' home and proposed explaining the death as an "unexpected accident." The parents, however, refused and said they wanted the principal to reveal that it was a suicide.
At a student assembly, the principal called the death a suicide as the parents had asked. However, the parents are protesting the principal's suggestion, saying they cannot trust the school and are considering asking for an investigation from a third-party or disclosure of information held by the school.
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